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Heather White

Heather White
Title: 
Professor
Office: 
North 380
Bio: 

Heather White is a studio jeweler and metalsmith whose wearable objects explore beauty and imperfection as corporeal expression. Her ideas of adornment challenge thresholds of traditional lost wax casting inviting unexpected results in the centrifuge, embellishing flaws with enamel, silver and gold. 

She is represented by Jewelers’ Werk Gallery, Washington, DC and Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA. Her work is included in major collections throughout the United States including the Museum of Art and Design, NYC, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Rotasa Foundation, CA.

Professor White is also a Fulbright Scholar, curator and lecturer. Her on-going lecture series was recently presented at New York City Jewelry Week: "They Did What?!" Mid-Twentieth Century Studio Jewelers and How Their Groundbreaking Work Continues to Shape the Field Today celebrates women, people of color and the LGBTQ + community. Recent curatorial exhibitions include Adorning Boston and Beyond: Contemporary Studio Jewelry Then and Now, at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston. 

Education: 
1994 - MFA, State University of New York, The College at New Paltz; 1990 - BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
Professional Experience: 

Exhibitions

Solo

  • 2018 - Blind Artifacts, Jewelers’ Werk Galerie, Washington, DC
  • 2009 - Coltivando con Rosso, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA

Group  

  • 2018 - Uneasy Beauty: Discomfort in Contemporary Adornment, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, Curated by Suzanne Ramljak
  • 2017 - Women to Watch, sponsored by the Massachusetts State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (MA-NWMA), an exhibition program designed to increase the visibility of, and critical response to, promising women artists who are deserving of national and international attention, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA
  • 2017- From Minimal to Bling, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA, Curated by Luiza deCarmargo
  • 2016 - Go for Baroque: Opulence and Excess in Contemporary Art, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
  • 2015 - Body Embellishment, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC. Curated by Rebecca Elliot, Annie Carlano & Sarah Wolfe 
  • 2014 - The Ring Exhibition, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
  • 2013 - Works from the Permanent Collection of Susan Beech, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC 

Selected Publications

  • 2011 - 21st Century Jewelry: The Best of the 500 Series, Lark Books p. 22
  • 2010 - Review of solo exhibition Coltivando con Rosso at Mobilia Gallery by Martina Windels, Metalsmith, Summer Issue, Vol.30/No.3,
  • 2008 - The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewelry, p.2233, Darling Publications, Edited by Andy Lim
  • 2006 - Cover image and Feature Article, "What the Body Knows," Metalsmith, Summer Issue, p.24 by Patricia Harris and David Lyon
  • 2005 - The Penland Book of Jewelry: Master Classes in Jewelry Techniques, Cover Image and Chapter #5, p. 98-121, Lark Books
  • 2005 - 500 Brooches, Lark Books, p. 10, 172, juried by Marjorie Simon 
  • 2004 - 1000 Rings, Lark Books, p. 218, 226, 309, juried by Robert Ebendorf
  • 2002 - Review by Editor Jan Shepard regarding the Society of Arts and Crafts Excellence in Craft Artist Award, New England Crafts Connoisseur, Volume 6, issue 1, Fall 2002
  • 2002 - "21st Century Metalsmiths: Individual and Collaborative Works" by Marty Carlock, Sculpture Magazine, January/February issue, p.63 
  • 2002 - Jewelry as Installation, review of works at the Susan Cummins Gallery, American Craft, February/March issue, p.78
  • 2001 - "Vanity of Vanities," review of group exhibition by Michal Ann Carley, Metalsmith, Spring issue, p. 36
  • 2000 - Review of Exhibition at Sybaris Gallery by Vincent Carducci, Metalsmith, summer issue, p.61

Selected Collections

  • Museum of Art and Design (MAD Museum) New York City, New York
  • Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Collection of Susan Beech, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
  • Daphne Farago Collection, Rotasa Foundation, Mill Valley, California
  • Collection of Marion Folk, Samual Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, New York

Selected Honors and Awards 

  • 2012 - Fulbright Fellowship to research and teach at Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewelry Florence, Italy
  • 2009 - Brother Thomas Fellowship, The Boston Foundation 
  • 2009 - Massachusetts Cultural Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Crafts 
  • 2007 - Massachusetts College of Art and Design Charlotte Foundation Faculty Fellowship 
  • 2005 - Massachusetts Cultural Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Crafts 
  • 2003 - Marion And Jasper Whiting Foundation Award to study in Lappeenranta, Finland 
  • 2002 - Excellence in Crafts Award, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston MA

Professional Affiliations and Organizations

  • SNAG - Society of North American Goldsmiths 
  • AJF - Art Jewelry Forum 
  • CAA - College Art Association

Connect: mobilia-gallery.com/heather-white